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Leading Up

I just read Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win by Michael Useem. This book uses real life inspiring examples on leading up to your boss as well as learning to allow subordinates to lead up to you.

Here are some of the lessons he draws from the illustrious stories in the book. These are not all the lessons drawn, but the ones that I hope to keep in mind.


General Lee's 4 principles:

  1. Keep your superiors well informed of what you have done, what you are doing, and what you plan to do
  2. Regardless of how you feel about your superiors, display a respect for their positions
  3. Avoid petty quarrels with your superiors in which you may be right but from which your reputation will suffer
  4. Estimate your competitive advantage as precisely as possible, not only to avoid the twin dangers of overconfidence and overcautiousness, but also to sustain your superiors' confidence in your capacity for precise analysis. p39


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